• Ryan Cabble won first Nottingham GC Open

    Rachel Rowe managed the first Nottingham GC Open, for the new Diamond Jubilee Bowl, which had 12 entries, and has sent this report.

    We had the luxury of 5 lawns all weekend and most games were single banked with no time limits. There were some very tight games and a few upsets in the blocks, although everyone won at least one game.  At the end of Saturday there were 2 clear qualifiers from each block – Ray Mounfield, Richard Thompson, Tim King and Ryan Cabble; only Ray Mounfield was unbeaten with 10 wins.

    After a leisurely start on Sunday morning Tim was playing well and brought an end to Ray’s winning streak in straight games for a place in the final. Ryan held himself together well after losing the first game in the other semi, found his form again in the second game and took the third, despite a strong comeback from Richard. Both Ryan and Tim were shooting well in the final and not many hoops were missed. An hour and a quarter later, and in time for an early tea, Ryan was victorious. Sunday’s
    consolation event was an all play all block for all willing participants. David Bell played well to win all of his games and the consolation event. Richard beat Ray in the 3rd/4th playoff.

    Handicap reductions for:
    David Bell from 4 to 3 and Harry Dodge from 3 to 2.

    Semi final results:
    Tim King v Ray Mounfield 7-4 7-4
    Ryan Cabble v Richard Thompson 6-7 7-2 7-5
    Ryan Cabble v Tim King 7-3 7-4
    3rd/4th playoff:
    Richard Thompson v Ray Mounfield 7-2

  • AC Selections Announced

    Club members Keith Aiton and Paddy Chapman have been selected to playin the President's Cup, the event for the best eight available AC players, which is being played at Colchester this year.  Miranda Chapman has been selected for the Chairman's Salver, the second eight, at Ramsgate, Ian Vincent for the 4th eight, the Treasurer's Tankard, at Hunstanton.  Nottingham is hosting the Selectors Weekend, 7-9th September, in which Richard Huxley and Beatrice McGlen are playing.  It is currently undersubscribed and anyone else interested in playing should contact David Maugham, the chairman of the selectors.

    Keith Aiton has also been selected to play for GB against Ireland and, with James Death, the USA.

  • Keith Aiton ahead in adjourned final of AC Eastern Championships

    Keith Aiton is 2-0 up in the best of five final of the Eastern Championship, against David Maugham, who has won the event more than ten times.  The final had to be adjourned, to a date and place to be decided, mid-afternoon, after the courts became inundated. 

    It may well be the last time the event is played in the glorious setting of Wrest Park, a stately house and parkland currently in the care of English Heritage, which wishes to restore it to its historic state before the club was established there.  If you would like to play there yourself, there is an open weekend tournament from 11th-12th August.

    Keith getting ready for the final in bright sunshine

    though the clouds were gathering

    and the infamous trench turned into a moat

    which rendered the lawns unplayable, despite the best efforts of local members!

  • Omied Hallam won Nottingham AC C-Level Weekend

    Thanks to Patricia Duke-Cox for the following report:

    Ten players entered the July C-class event at Nottingham in July, including a visitor from each of the Blewbury and Hamptworth croquet clubs. The event was well managed and catered for by Bob Thompson players enjoyed the luxury of playing on a court without double banking most of the time. Unfortunately the heavens opened with thunder and lightning on the Sunday afternoon and the courts became waterlogged. Two games were abandoned but the result was never in doubt by that time. The runaway winner of the event with 6 wins was club chairman Omied Hallam.

    The results are Omied Hallam 6/6: Lawrence Whittaker, Derek Buxton and David Gunn 3/4; David Brydon 3/5; Roger Berkeley and Paul Wolff 2/5; Richard Stevens 1/4 ; David Woodhouse 0/4 and Patricia Duke-Cox 0/5.



  • Inter-Club Competitions Update

    This is a quick update on the progress of our various teams in the national inter-club competitions.

    Our Inter-Club A team lost to Wrest Park away , but the B team beat Hurlingham at home and meet Colchester away in the next round.

    Our first attempt to play at Pendle in the Mary Rose was washed out and I understand that an attempt is being made to re-arrange it.

    We beat Hunstanton 4-3 then lost to Northamption 5-2 in the Longman Cup, both matches being away.

    In our defence of the Secretary's Shield, we have beaten Fylde 4-3 and Ashby 7-2, both at home,   We are due to play Middlesborough in the semi-final to meet the Bear of Rodborough in the final.

    All those are Association Croquet.  The only Golf Croquet event we entered was the Murphy Shield, in which we lost to Belsay Hall.

    The draw sheets for these are all linked on the CA website

    If anyone can give me some information about how our Federation league teams are doing, I'm happy to post it.



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